Linette De Los Santos Crowned Miss Florida USA 2017
Linette De Los Santos was crowned Miss Florida USA 2017 on July 26, 2016 after the original winner, Genesis Davila was dethroned from her title. It was reported that Genesis Davila defied policy by using professional hair and makeup artists for the show.
The news was made official when Grant Gravitt, who is the Miss Florida USA pagaent’s Executive Director, publically announced that they do not tolerate unprofessional behavior by their representative. Grant Gravitt opined, “Whether it’s something major or minor, it’s all about keeping an equal and level playing field. Unfortunately, our title holder sought an unfair competitive advantage, and that’s just not acceptable in our system.“
Reportedly, the lawyers for dethroned Miss Florida USA 2017, Genesis Davila are preparing a $3 million lawsuit against Miss Florida USA Organization as they refused to reinstate her.
As the consequence, the first runner up of Miss Florida USA 2017, Linette De Los takes over the duties and responsibilities of Miss Florida USA 2017, hoping to succeed Deshauna Barber as next Miss USA.
While Florida has had runners-up, finalists, and semi-finalists, the state has never won the Miss USA pageant, although Cheryl Patton became Miss USA after Sylvia Hitchcock won Miss Universe 1967. Brittany Oldehoff, who placed as 4th runner-up in Miss USA 2014 is the last placement from Florida at Miss USA.